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The Appeal Court’s judgment brought jubilation to the Abuja national headquarters of the Orji Uzor Kalu (OUK) Grassroots Movement of Nigeria yesterday.
Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, who once governed Abia State and now represents Abia North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, celebrated his victory.
Wild jubilation swept through the OUK Movement’s national headquarters following the Appeal Court’s decision, as a multitude of members flocked to commemorate their principal’s triumph.
In a statement to journalists, Alhaji Muritala Mohammed, alias Ten Ten, the Convener and national leader of the Movement, characterized the judgment as a win for the people of Abia North, a celebration of democracy, a victory for the Movement, and an acknowledgment of their principal’s effective representation in his first term as a Senator.
Alhaji Ten Ten commended the Appeal Court judges for their commitment to truth, affirming that their principal’s victory was a direct result of his impeccable four-year service in the Senate and the extensive mobilization campaign executed by the Movement.
This campaign guaranteed the support of their members, which included livestock dealers, foodstuff dealers, and transporters residing in the Abia North Senatorial zone, all of whom voted for Senator Kalu in accordance with the Electoral Act.
Alhaji Ten Ten pledged the Movement’s continued support for their Principal. He also conveyed his congratulations to the people of Abia North Senatorial zone, emphasizing that this victory guaranteed them another four years of robust representation in the Senate.
During this period, they could expect to experience progress in key areas like education, infrastructure, water supply, electricity, human empowerment, poverty alleviation, and the generation of job opportunities for the youth.
It’s worth noting that the Appeal Court in Lagos, in a unanimous decision, upheld the ruling of the National/State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal in Umuahia, Abia State.
This tribunal had previously dismissed the petitions of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mao Ohuabunwa, and the Labour Party (LP) candidate, Nnamdi Iro Orji, citing a lack of merit.
In supporting Kalu’s triumph, the appellate court highlighted that the election of the former Abia State governor to represent Abia North in the Senate fully conformed to the provisions of the Electoral Act.